Popular Romance in Iceland

The Women, Worldviews, and Manuscript Witnesses of Nítíða saga

Sheryl McDonald Werronen

Popular Romance in Iceland

Sheryl McDonald Werronen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

272 pages | 5 line drawings | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9789089647955 Published February 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
A late medieval Icelandic romance about the maiden-king of France, the Nítíða saga was well received in its day and grew in popularity throughout post-Reformation Iceland. It has not, however, received the comprehensive scholarly analysis it deserves, or that other Icelandic sagas have received. Sheryl McDonald Werronen corrects that here, offering a detailed study of the saga and its presentation of women and the Icelandic worldview, including questions of identity, gender, female solidarity, and the romance genre itself.

 
Contents
Manuscript Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
      Synopsis
      Women and Worldviews
      Manuscript Witness
      Organization and Conventions
Part I Romance Contexts
  1. Manuscript Witnesses
Different Versions, Different Worldviews
Different Versions
JS 166 fol.
Add. 4860 fol.
Lbs 3941 8vo
Conclusions
  1. Intertextuality
Communicating with Other Romances
Shared Motifs in Sigurðar saga þǫgla, Gibbons saga, and Nítíða saga
Nítíða saga Drawing on Clari saga
Nikulás saga leikara Drawing on Nítíða saga
Conclusions
  1. Setting the Scene
Geography and Space
Global Space
Social Space
Conclusions
Part II Romance Characters
  1. The Hero and her Rivals
Heroes
Livorius and Nítíða
Rivals
Conclusions
  1. Women Helping Women, and Other Minor Characters
Conclusions
  1. Romance through the Eyes of the Narrator
Conclusions
Conclusion
Appendix Nítíða saga Text and Translation
Index
 
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